Press Release

SAIC Wins NASA Orbital Space Plane Contract

By SpaceRef Editor
May 27, 2003
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Science Applications International
Corporation’s (SAIC) Space, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (SEAS) Group today
announced a four-year, $48 million contract award to provide professional and
engineering services to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) on the Orbital Space Plane (OSP) project.

The OSP is a next generation system of space vehicles that will be
designed under the Space Launch Initiative program to safely and efficiently
transport crew to and from orbit and to provide crew rescue and logistical
support to the International Space Station. Under the terms of the contract,
technical services will be performed at the Johnson Space Center, Orbital
Space Plane Project Office, in Houston, Texas, by SAIC’s Assurance Engineering
Operation (AEO).

SAIC will be responsible for providing technical services in the areas of
vehicle engineering, crew survival and escape, and systems engineering. SAIC
also will provide management services to include schedules, configuration
management, risk management, and financial planning and cost control.

“This important win places SAIC in the center of human-rated spacecraft
design and systems engineering and integration services,” said Sam Boyd, SAIC
senior vice president for program operations. “This enables us to have a
platform to provide our technological expertise, and we look forward to
working closely with the OSP to make this project a success.”

Members of the SAIC-led team include Muniz Engineering, Inc.,
headquartered in Houston, Texas; GeoControl Systems, Inc., Houston, Texas; W
de Y Associates, Inc., Houston, Texas; and Prairie View A&M University, based
in Prairie View, Texas.

The SEAS Group has approximately 1,500 employees that support government
programs at sites throughout the U.S., providing scientific and technical
support to critical climate and global change research programs for NASA, the
U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. The group also provides safety, reliability, and quality
assurance support to NASA’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station

SAIC is the nation’s largest employee-owned research and engineering
company, providing information technology, systems integration and eSolutions
to commercial and government customers. SAIC engineers and scientists work to
solve complex technical problems in national and homeland security, energy,
the environment, space, telecommunications, health care, transportation and
logistics. With annual revenues of $5.9 billion, SAIC and its subsidiaries,
including Telcordia Technologies, have more than 40,000 employees at offices
in more than 150 cities worldwide. More information about SAIC can be found
on the Internet at

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constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A
number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements or
industry results to be very different from the results, performance or
achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of
these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in
the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31,
2003, and such other filings that the Company makes with the SEC from time to
time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place
undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the
date hereof.

SpaceRef staff editor.